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Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location
data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the
devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices
only, so the largest problem will occur if the devices are lost, stolen,
or hacked into. As a result of this revelation Senator Al Franken sent Steve Jobs a letter in which
he raised a number of questions including:
does Apple collect and compile this location data?
How is this data generated (GPS, cell tower triangulation, WiFi triangulation,
Why is this data not encrypted?
Does Apple believe that this conduct is permissible under the terms of its
We all know that cell phone contain
GPS devices so our location hardly a secret, and Google even uses GPS movement
to help display
Traffic on Google Maps. However Apple's collection of
this data creates a new level of public awareness.
What do you think?